About Launchpad Wisconsin

Launchpad is a statewide, alternative music competition for Wisconsin high school students who are in bands formed outside of the traditional music classroom ensembles. Launchpad and other Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) programs help young people discover and expand their full music potential.

Other WSMA music opportunities:

  • District and State Solo & Ensemble Festivals
  • High School and Middle Level State Honors Music Project
  • Student Composition Project
  • State Marching Band Championships
  • Marching Showcase held at Wisconsin State Fair

The following individuals serve on the Crescendo Council, an honorary board that supports Launchpad and “celebrating the reach of music education:”

Les Paul, Honorary Chairman
Jessica Doyle, Former First Lady of Wisconsin
Clyde Stubblefield, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drummer
Elizabeth Burmaster, President, Nicolet College
Tim Vowell, Charter Communications
Rick Young, Yamaha
Dave Chaimson, SONY
Chris Hutchings, Madison Media Institute
Mary Bell, WEAC – Wisconsin Education Association Council
Jim Riordan, President, WPS Health Insurance